Ethan Bortnick: Generations of Music
August 6 at 8pm on ThinkTV16 & August 8 at 8pm on ThinkTV14
Sixteen-year-old singer, songwriter, pianist and composer Ethan Bortnick returns to PBS in ‘Generations of Music’, an all-new television concert special. Appealing to audiences of all ages and musical tastes, the song selection spans multiple generations and genres. Recorded before a live audience in Washington Pavilion, the concert features Ethan and his band along with a full orchestra, a youth choir, background vocalists and special guests Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), singer Bethany Yarrow and cellist Rufus Cappadocia. This is a true multi-generational concert experience that showcases Ethan’s piano virtuosity, vocal variety and powerful presence while highlighting his boy-next-door charm and appeal.
From a masterfully performed version of Beethoven’s PathétiqueSonata to an entire audience dancing to “Rockin Robin”, the concert includes top hits from across the decades. Ethan dedicates a new song he wrote to his grandmother, and then performs her favorite song, “Sweet Caroline” as the audience sings along. Ethan’s young brother Nathan gets in on the act with a surprise of his own.
Driven by a commitment to humanitarian efforts, Ethan has helped raise more than $50,000,000 for nonprofits around the world. At these charity events he’s shared the stage with artists such as Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé, Josh Groban and Reba McEntire, among many others. He also has been joined by some of music’s biggest names — including Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion and Carlos Santana.